8 Dead, Many Injured at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival

Tragedy struck the third edition of Travis Scott’s Astroworld Music Festival on Friday, November 5, when at least eight people died and others sustained serious injuries during the opening night of the two-day music festival at NRG Park in Houston, Texas.

The massive crowd, estimated to be at least 50,000 strong, attended the first night of the high-energy festival and  surged toward the stage just after headliner Travis Scott took the stage. According to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena, “The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries. People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.” The incident caused a “mass casualty incident.” Scott’s performance included surprise guest rapper Drake, who joined Scott on stage for one song. The concert ended right after Drake left the stage, and Scott calmly said goodnight to the crowd as rescue personal made their way through the crowd, attempting to reach those injured in the surge.

Shortly afterward, a field hospital was set up at NRG Field, where rescue personnel confirmed that more than 300 people were treated, 17 taken to the hospitals and 11 under cardiac arrest.

The incident prompted an immediate end to the concert and evacuation of the site; no cause of death has been given for the eight people who died. An investigation is currently underway by the medical examiner, according to the fire chief.

Law enforcement authorities are still working to identify the victims, and a “reunification center” was set up to try to reunite people with missing family members.

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The festival got off to a troubled start before the first act took the stage as hundreds of people rushed past security and metal detectors, gaining entry into the sold-out event. Security and police were dispatched to that gate where they resumed control shortly after.

Astroworld is a two-day hip hop music festival by Travis Scott and organized by Live Nation. The festival began in 2018 by Houston-born Scott and became a major festival, attracting hip hop fans from around the nation. The festival sold out all 100,000 tickets in May, nearly a year after the COVID-19 pandemic caused cancellation of last year’s event.  The all-star lineup includes some of the biggest names in music featuring Scott as the headliner alongside SZA, Chief Keef, Bad Bunny, Young Thug, Tame Impala, 21 Savage, Baby Keem, Master P, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Organizers announced shortly after the tragic events on Friday night that Saturday night’s show has been cancelled.

 

 

 

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